12-year-old gives $2000 to Save the Child’s Fund

Twelve-year-old Seirosa Wallwork Lamb lives by the moto “how can I help”. 

The daughter of Travis Lamb and Su’a Hellene Wallwork, Seirosa recently presented $2000 to Samoa Observer’s Publisher Muliaga Jean Ash Malifa for the Save the Child’s Fund. 

At her tender age, this is the third charity work she has undertaken and raised funds for in the last two years.

Aiming to be a doctor, Seirosa’s charity work revolves around medical assistance. 

“I started this initiative last year when my grandmother (Su’a Julia Wallwork) and Island Rock were giving out Christmas presents to families — first thing that came to mind was first aid kits. 

“So I started doing fundraising. I sold cookies that I baked and I got $1050 and I purchased first aid kits to be included in the hampers.

“And my second fundraising started at the beginning of this year, 2018. I sold cookies and received $2000 and I gave it to Mapuifagalele.” 

Seirosa said during the school holidays this year she wanted to fundraise for another non-profit organisation, and Save the Child’s Fund came to mind. 

“I sold cookies, pies and whatever else I could bake and I received $2000 and that is the donation to the Samoa Observer’s Save the Child’s Fund.” 

Asked why donate to this fund, Seirosa said she wants to be a doctor and Save the Child’s Fund sends children overseas for medical assistance.  

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“I want to be a doctor when I grow up. I want to help save lives, hence the first thing that came to mind, was the first aid kits to be included in the hampers that was given to families.” 

“First aid kits is a daily necessity, when I was younger I carried my own kit in my school bag and I know how useful the kits are,” she said. 

What prompted Seirosa to help? 

“My grandmother Su’a Julia Wallwork is my role model. All her life, she is always dedicated to helping people and she always put other before herself and that is who I want to be, my grandmother. 

“Her selfless dedication to helping people is why my grandmother is my hero and role model,” she added.  

Seirosa then told the Samoa Observer how baking has assisted her in achieving her charity goals. 

“When I was little my mom baked a lot and I watched with admiration and learned from my mom in her kitchen. 

“My mom has a recipe book (which she added her own notes) and was handed down to me with instruction….. to learn how to make these recipes.

“I want you to try it out,” said she added.  

The 12-year-old also had a message for her peers, who can start their own charity work. 

“Don’t limit yourself, you can do anything and no one can limit what you do and say. If you have an idea, stand up for it, even if no one is on board with you,” she said. 

ABOUT THE FUND 

The Save the Child’s Fund was started by the Samoa Observer with generous donations from members of the community to help needy families send their children overseas for medical treatment. One of the biggest donors is the family of the late Augustine Fuiavailili Fe'esago, who donate on a monthly basis.

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